Author: Jiannan Luo

Biden And Ukraine: Unwavering Support Or Rhetorical Game?

U.S. foreign policy was tumultuous under Donald Trump. It isolated itself from its allies and principles. Since the Euromaidan protests in 2013, Ukraine has been eagerly approaching the U.S. and western countries. It is also strategically critical for the U.S./NATO-Russia rivalry in Eastern Europe. However, the Trump administration mistreats the

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Sudanese Government And Rebel Group Sign Joint Declaration

On March 28th, 2021, the Sudanese government concluded an agreement, formally known as a “Declaration of Principles,” with a major rebel group, the Hilu faction of Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), in Juba, South Sudan. The declaration seeks to consolidate Sudan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This action marks a key

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UN Secretary-General: Hunger And Famine Drive Conflict

On 11 March 2021, The United Nation (UN) Security Council convened to debate the relationship between food security and conflicts. UN Secretary-General António Guterres commented that “If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict. Conflict drives hunger and famine, and hunger and famine drive conflict.” In his remark, he warned

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First Syrian Torture Trial Done: Where Does It Lead?

On February 24th, a court in Koblenz, Germany returned a conviction in the first trial on torture in the Syrian civil war. Eyad al-Gharib, a 44-year-old former intelligence officer under Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has been charged with four and a half years in prison for arresting over 30 protestors in

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EU’s Dilemmatic Position In Georgian Politics

During a visit to Brussels in January 2021, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili eagerly expressed Georgia’s desire to apply for full EU membership in 2024. Zourabichvili was favourable to the EU’s engagement in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. She twittered that “What we need is more involvement from the EU in conflict

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Italy’s Power Struggle; Prime Minister Gets Empowered

When Myanmar’s coup d’état has triggered unpredictable and devastating tensions, another power struggle that has lasted for nearly three years in the centre of the Mediterranean is approaching its end. On February 18th, 2021, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi won the vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, confirming

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The U.K. Demands Extension Of Northern Ireland’s Grace Periods

As the U.K. left the EU single market on 31 December, 2020, a trade border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland came into effect. While Northern Irish goods entering Great Britain are granted “unfettered access,” British goods to Northern Ireland need to comply with the EU’s requirements. The U.K. and

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Malaysia’s Weakening Government Declares State Of Emergency

On January 12th, Malaysia entered a state of emergency. Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah approved Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s request in the hopes of controlling the spiking spread of COVID-19 in the country. The state of emergency prohibits parliamentary and state assembly sittings and elections, virtually guaranteeing the government unchallengeable powers

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Turkey Criticised Greece Before Exploratory Talk

Turkey and Greece are set for an exploratory talk on 25 Jan. In this talk, Greece wishes to discuss its extension of the maritime zone in the Aegean from six nautical miles to twelve that borders Turkey. On 21 Jan, the Greek Parliament passed the law to approve the extension

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Gibraltar’s Brexit Deal: Solution Or New Question?

The intriguing EU–U.K. Trade and Cooperation Agreement is not the only Brexit agreement that has been made since the new year. On December 31st, a principle “New Year’s Eve Agreement” was reached by the United Kingdom and Spain, designating Gibraltar’s relationship with the European Union. This agreement guarantees maximized and

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Ethiopia and Sudan Hold Talks Amid Border Clash

In December, border negotiations between Ethiopia and Sudan ended without concrete results. The frontier between the two countries has been unclear since 1902, as Sudan has claimed 250 square kilometres of land that has been occupied by Ethiopian farmers. While it has hardly triggered any serious conflict over the last

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